BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 This beer is produced based on ingredients found in an ancient tomb. A couple things though: ancient beer wasn't carbonated (this wasn't begun until sometime in the 1800's), nor did they have Thermos mugs to keep it cool. Therefore, in rating this beer I did what in other cases would be unthinkable: I poured most of it into a glass and let it sit overnight at 80 degrees fahrenheit such that it lost the carbonation and was in a form more analogous to how beer would have been drunk in 700 b.c. The result was surprising -- compared to drinking it cold out of a newly opened bottle, the warmed, tempered form was quite thirst-quenching on a hot humid day, as opposed to a weird, cloying grittiness in drinking it straight out of a cold bottle. The brew possesses the color of the honey used in its manufacture. It's aroma is powerful -- it really seems like something based in antiquity. Even more than in its cold form, the taste of the alcohol was barely noticeable in the warm form; yet its extremely smooth, watery texture is balanced by an extreme herbal complexity. If you've had this cold, I'd highly recommend trying it warmed without carbonation. UPDATE: Even more strongly, I would recommend this outfit make a version of this without carbonation; most of us have had plain soda water and realize that the carbon itself imparts a great effect on overall flavor, even if it's lost its fizz - in seeking a more definite realism, the taste of a carbonated beverage is quite incompatible with production methods of that era.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
nice golden color. strong taste of honey and nutmeg. too sweet for my tastes. i'll pass
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep gold w/a short lived white head that is probably knocked down by alcohol. Immediate grape and honey sweet nose, along with a lightly floral presence; also seems to have a dry and woody aroma at the finish of the nose and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet at first, but seemingly well balanced for a bigger beer, honey w/a fruity grape presence; alcohol, and seems to have a semi dry finish w/ a fairly neutral, lightly fruity alcohol finish aftertaste. Alcohol is numbing on the tongue, full bodied w/ low carbonation, and very smooth. Lacks a little complexity and malt character IMHO for a big beer, but very tasty and drinkable. Ive never had saffron before so I cannot tell if it is in there, but there's nothing I find odd in the aroma or flavor. A good desert beer!
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Honeyed white ale. You will notice the honey mostly. High dollar beer, and might not be worth the price you will pay. Taste is a bit cidery.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange/golden color, with a small to medium white head, although its fast disappearing. The aroma is sweetness, honey, grapes some acid in the nose too. The flavor is very winey, like a crisp white wine, and some similarities to a Moscatel wine. Some underlying sweetness with hints of the honey, its very complex and fruity. This is definitely a must for a wine lover... Havent tasted a beer like this, very original. Thanks to Zach8270 for this beer.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear, orangey/golden color – lots of carbonation and a nice head, aroma is fruity and acidic with hints of wine, small hints of honey; huge flavor – complex, somewhat like a Belgian Ale, winey and fruity, bitter and acidic with just a touch of sweetness that is definitely honey coated, an alcoholic aftertaste with some of the wine flavor – definite earthy taste
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
grape like smell, smells alot like champagne. dark golden pour with a small head that quickly disappears, a TON of co2 in this. tastes sweet and of honey and grapes. all in all this isnt too bad, but im going to be drinking adam later this weekend, so im sure it will be a better example. this is good though, not a session beer.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very grapey aroma with slight undertones of honey. I assume the saffron was for color. Flavor was good. Good grape and honey flavor. Good conversational brew but not for everyday session. Best of dogfish head I've tried so far.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 oz. snifter, at the Rehobeth site. Slighty turbid, deep golden in color. Aromas of fruit, hops, yeast, honey, spice. Tastes dry, like a mixture of beer, chardonnay, and scotch whisky, with overtones of fruit, honey, hops, white grapes, and male. I've never had a beer like this one. Finishes smooth, dry, fruity, and strong. Super complex. Not for the weak of heart. If King Tut drank this, then he probably died of alcoholism, because it is that good.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle...pours a hazy golden color with very little head. I smell mostly wine type aroma, fermented grapes and some sweetness, maybe honey. Has a lot of wine like properties, not much for carbonation. Tastes like a weak barleywine, not much for alcohol evident which is nice. Kinda sweet, and tastes like fermented fruit. I think it is interesting.